If you have been following me at all on social media you know that I’ve had a pretty solid reading year. I’ve read a lot of good books, but I think I’ve been missing that feeling of OH MY GOSH I CAN’T PUT THIS DOWN. I had books I felt very hooked in, but not a lot that I was constantly turning the pages because I just had to know what happened next. I was a little frustrated with this, which seems odd because why complain about the lack of a book hangover? I tried to not let that frustration get to me because I was reading a lot of good books, why complain because something really good isn’t at that next level?
Well I found it…I found that book that I could not put down and gave me that temporary book hangover that had me wondering just what I should do next.
That book is Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows. The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing. Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.
I’m trying to think of how best to describe my thoughts and feelings on this book without massive amounts of gibberish, fangirling, and spoilers. Because it would not be hard to spoil this book. So instead…I think I’m going to tell you about the things that hooked me.
- Ellery. I liked both her and Ezra, but Ellery really struck me. She had a bit of a fascination with true crime, which made sense, but it wasn’t something that took over her entire life. Yes, she was more cautious about things and had theories constantly, but she was able to admit that she was wrong when she was and to move on. I think this made her so much more human to me. She could admit her wrongs, she would feel bad about them, she would have more theories (obviously), but she didn’t let them get too in the way of friendships, etc.
- Twists and turns that were both subtle and shocking. Ok, there were so many times that I told myself that I knew who did it, because ALL the signs were there. But instead McManus uses this small details and subtle changes to basically say “HA EMILY YOU ARE SO WRONG!” I loved that it wasn’t like huge, over the top reveals. Every twist and turn was subtle, flowed well within the story, and had me really upset because I was so sure so many times I had it figured out. Dear Karen, you are a master.
- I felt that this was just well drawn up. Everything seemed believable. YOu know how sometimes when you’re reading a book or watching a movie about disappearances and cold cases and you just feel like it’s far fetched? Or there’s like the person who has never been there suddenly there and it just fixes everything magically and all is solved and they ride off into the sunset? That did not happen in this book. Not only was it believable but you also got some legitimate small town vibes. It felt like it could actually happen, and that kind of freaked me out a bit.
At this point this is really all I can say without giving spoilers. Because at this point I want to get into the nitty gritty. I want to tell you what happens and then scream “CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!?” But I can’t do that. I want to…but I can’t.
This book was a page turner. I was hooked in the beginning with always a little bit of sadness to put it down, but them by about page 150 I was fully immersed and any moment I had to put it down KILLED me. I just had to know why things weren’t going as I had assumed they would and I had to know who did it. If you are looking for a book that will fully suck you in until the end, and still leave you wanting just a little bit more…this is the book.
This book is released on January 8th, 2019. You best get your hands on it when it gets here, because you will not regret it.